UPPER EYELID SURGERY (Blepharoplasty)
Upper eyelid surgery, also known as an upper eyelid lift and blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and tissue from the eyelids to create a more attractive shape. It can be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons as it eliminates any droopiness of the lids and improves eyesight from excessive dropping or sagging of the lids.
Since the skin around the eyelids is so delicate, it’s one of the first places where loss of skin elasticity from aging becomes noticeable. Over time, the skin can stretch and droop over the upper eye area and affect your vision. Even if it doesn’t go this far, the eyes can develop a ‘hooded’ appearance and droopy eyelids can make you look older.
Dr. Geoffrey Keyes’ techniques can help to:
- Remove excess skin around the upper lids
- Tighten loose and sagging skin
- Change the shape of the eyes
- Create a more youthful look
- Improve vision
Dr. Keyes is also highly skilled at performing lower eyelid surgery. He can perform lower eyelid surgery in conjunction with upper eyelid surgery to create a more rejuvenated appearance.
PREPARING FOR UPPER EYELID SURGERY
You will undergo a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Keyes to determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery. Dr. Keyes will learn about your goals, take a look at the condition of your skin, and determine what the best surgical techniques would help you achieve results. He will answer any questions you have and explain the procedure in more details.
Upper eyelid surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. You will be awake during surgery but will not feel anything. Dr. Keyes will make a set of small incisions along the eyelids and these will be made in areas that are easy to hide, such as inside the crease. In some cases, Dr. Keys will perform this procedure without removing any skin at all.
After excess skin and fat are removed, the incision will be closed with sutures. The area may be covered with bandages and someone will need to drive you home after surgery.
RECOVERY AND RESULTS
You will need to keep your head elevated and may take over-the-counter pain medication to manage any pain or discomfort. We will check in with you when you get home and make arrangements for a follow up visit.
We usually ask patients to come in for a check-up the day after surgery with additional follow-up visits a week or a few weeks later. You can schedule a follow-up with Dr. Keyes at any time at no additional charge.
Most patients notice a difference as soon as the bandages come off and the swelling has subsided. You can expect significant swelling and bruising for up to a couple of weeks after surgery and will see progressive results as the area heals.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
To learn more about upper eyelid surgery and how the procedure can improve your appearance, contact Dr. Keyes’ office today.